With one last match to be played between rivals England and Australia, it was England who set the stage to rout the visiting Australian side by defeating them convincingly in the fourth one-day international played in Durham, yesterday. Australia put up a score of 310 runs for the loss of eight wickets, and seemed to have worked out the kinks that had caused them to experience a humiliating defeat in the previous match where England set up a world record score of 481 runs, and then proceeded to bowl out the Australian side for a 242-run victory margin. However, the English were equal to the task, and managed to chase down the target, scoring 314 runs for the loss of 4 wickets.
Seemingly determined to not repeat his decision from the last match, Australian skipper Tim Paine put his team in to bat after winning the toss. Aaron Finch went on to score an almost run-a-ball century as he managed to score his ton in 106 deliveries. He has matched by Shaun Marsh who scored is century in a slightly quicker 92 deliveries. This, however, seemed to be the extent of their target-setting capabilities, with some support from Travis Head and his quick 63 runs. In reply, England’s Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy seemed to continue their excellent form from the last match, putting up a speedy 174 runs in their opening partnership, with Roy scoring yet another century. Their efforts were supported by Alex Hales and Jos Buttler, the latter of whom managed 50 runs in only 28 deliveries.